Marc Marquez is aiming to match the pace of his Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa
after posting the second fastest time at Sepang during practice for the Malaysian MotoGP on Friday.
Marquez's best lap of 2m 01.087s left him half-a-second down on Pedrosa, but the MotoGP World Championship title pacesetter is confident he can reduce the deficit tomorrow.
The 20-year-old rookie, who improved his time from FP1 in the morning by half-a-second in the second free practice session, was more than satisfied with his performance on the RC213V on the opening day.
“We came here before in pre-season, when I had barely ridden a MotoGP bike so it was interesting to compare things again so many laps and miles later,” he said.
“I felt comfortable and this is important when trying to be more consistent every lap. On the single lap we are half a second off Dani who was very fast, as he always is at Sepang, but our pace in general isn't too far off.
“We have to push hard because if he can do it, that means that the Honda is capable of those times,” added Marquez.
“I was hoping to be more consistent but I had some problems with braking, which we were able to solve in the opening practice session.
“We still need to improve a few things, but I have realised that we are already fast, straight out of the box.”